Misery Index
Discordia


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nate B. USER (10 Reviews)
August 14th, 2007 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As brutal as Death Metal, as speedy as Grindcore, and as catchy as Punk, Maryland’s Misery Index offers up one of the top death/grind albums of our time.

Misery Index is a deathgrind band from Annapolis, Maryland. After a full-length, an EP, a couple splits and a hell of a lot of touring, Misery Index solidified themselves in the extreme metal underground as a force to be reckoned with. Their most recent full-length offering, Discordia, shows how much they’ve grown as songwriters since their debut and has already taken Misery Index to new heights of popularity among the metal community.

The album opener, Unmarked Graves, starts with a short sample before it’s off in all its grinding goodness. The song is an all-out aural assault that will leave the listener wanting more of its brutal-yet-catchy goodness, and the rest of the album delivers just that. The second track, Conquistadores is a testament to the band’s songwriting ability, opening with yet another brutal/catchy riff that will sear your senses and maintains that same catchiness in all of the riffs throughout. Closing with a unique breakdown, this is easily one of the best songs on the album.

But don’t let these tracks fool you into thinking this is just another deathgrind album that’s all about speed, Discordia definitely has some slower moments that kick equal amounts of ass. Breathing Pestilence and the title track show that Misery Index can switch it up while still managing to bring the pain in quantities that are just as high.

Of all the instruments, the drums stand out the most. Not only is Adam Jarvis capable of complete all-out blasting as displayed on Conquistadores and Meet Reality, he also has an excellent sense of dynamics and shows it off on the aforementioned slower tracks. Even in the faster songs, he showcases that he is very capable of switching it up with fill after fill after fill without missing a beat. Upon first listen, it’s hard to believe that Adam Jarvis is even human.

The guitars and bass, for the most part, are played in a tri-tone to produce an extremely thick and impenetrable barrier of sound. It’s quite impressive that they can play at a relatively high level of technicality while still managing to maintain their trademark catchiness; few bands that I’ve heard can really do it this well. There are a few intricate solos that are hum-alongable and very memorable, and also some breakdowns that are bound to have you headbanging.

The dual-vocal assault a la Jason Netherton and Mark Kloeppel, while brutal and appropriate for the punk-ish deathgrind they play, is never too excessive & is fairly accessible. The vocals here range from a unique high throaty yell to low growls, giving enough vocal variation to satisfy the listener and aren’t quite over-the-top enough to ward off inexperienced listeners. The lyrics, while well written and meaningful, don’t really come off as being overtly pro-something or anti-something and more or less tell a story to inform the listener [or reader, more likely] of what’s wrong with today’s society.

As a whole, Discordia shows that Misery Index has grown quite a bit since Retaliate, and should, if anything, further solidify their reputation in the extreme metal underground. There’s enough here to satisfy experienced listeners and it isn’t over the top to the point of warding off the undesensitized listener.

Pros
-Brutal as hell
-Catchy as hell
-Insane drumming
-A lot of variation between tracks

Cons
-It’s not from beyond the unholy grave
-It might hurt your ears

Recommended Tracks
Conquistadores
Sensory Deprivation
Discordia

FINAL RATING: 4/5



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masscows
August 14th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mmmk

Brain Dead
August 14th 2007


1150 Comments


Cons
-It’s not from beyond the unholy grave
-It might hurt your ears

Seriously, if this is all you can come up with, don't even have a cons section. This was still a good review, although I did like your JFAC one more. I'll vote.

masscows
August 14th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah it's alot easier to write negative reviews. in a few spots I found myself thinking "uhh, what should I write next?". There isn't really alot to say about this album.

Brain Dead
August 14th 2007


1150 Comments


I feel the same way. If I'm not gushing about an album or trashing it, I often feel like I'm running out of things to say. Most of my reviews giving an album between a 2.5 and a 4 are pretty short, because I don't have enough things to say.

masscows
August 14th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm gonna revise a few spots and edit it.

Tyler
Emeritus
August 14th 2007


7926 Comments


"Misery Index offers up one of the top death/grind albums of our time."
No way man NO WAY

masscows
August 14th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No way man NO WAY
I'm trying to think of some recent death/grind albums that are better than this one and not many come to mind immediately. Lucid Interval and Fused Together in Revolving Doors maybe.

BallsToTheWall
August 14th 2007


44373 Comments


This a very good album.

Digging: Pharmakon - Abandon

Wish
August 14th 2007


262 Comments


Killer album. The drummer is insane.

masscows
August 14th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just realized sparky didnt do any vocals on this

fixing lawl

crazycobs
August 14th 2007


114 Comments


A good reveiw! i saw these guys supporting fear factory about a year back, if im honest i thought they where horrible but at that point i wasnt into any kind of death metal but now im sure id appreciat them alot more! i wish i did pay more attention but instead i was more excited about fear factory and breed 77 playing! fear factory are good though. im gonna check this album out. well done!

jrowa001
August 14th 2007


8750 Comments


i could never get into this band. from what ive heard it was ok. maybe ill give it another shot after reading your review

Wish
August 15th 2007


262 Comments


He drummed on the Overthrow EP and the Dissent EP.

EDIT: Only Overthrow actually ¬_¬

crazycobs: My friends and I saw them with Fear Factory too. One of my friends didn't want them to leave the stage and got upset when they did, heh.This Message Edited On 08.15.07

masscows
August 15th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kevin drummed on Dissent as well.

kalkal50
August 15th 2007


2386 Comments


I'm trying to think of some recent death/grind albums that are better than this one and not many come to mind immediately. Lucid Interval and Fused Together in Revolving Doors maybe.

there's your answer

masscows
August 15th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i said one of the top

kalkal50
August 15th 2007


2386 Comments


I guess, you gave it a 4 though, and there are still better deathgrind albums which are worth a 4.5

kalkal50
August 15th 2007


2386 Comments


Destroy the Opposition maybe

masscows
August 15th 2007


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

destroy the opposition is barely deathgrind. Theres like 4 bars that remotely resemble grind outside of pissing in the mainstream.

Even if it were to be considered deathgrind, this one is better.

kalkal50
August 15th 2007


2386 Comments


oh ok fair enough, I'll look into this sometime soon



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